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+. — MONTGOMERYSHIRE CHARITIES. INQUrUY AT GUILSFIELD. Mr M-chant- Williams held an inquiry at the School, Gnilsfh'kl, yesterday morning. There were present Gapt My t,ton, Messrs John Jones (Var- choel), Dd Jones (Maesgwyn), Ed Davies (Coppice), and \V Matthe-ws; Rev F H Hawkins (vicar), Rev Po J Roberts (Pool Quay). The Commissioner briefly explained the objects of the inquiries, as at Welshpool on the previous day. In Guilsfield parish there were a large num- ber of charities, some had been lost, but the majority were still existing. The Vicar handed in the deeds of the schools at Guilsfield and Maesmawr.—Mr Junes gave infor- mation concerning the Caivinistic Methodist Chapel, and said that all their property, besides the chapel, consisted of a' stable erected on the sit". A man nami d Rd Jones had bought land and built a house, which he gave for a minister of the Tabernacle Cliapel at Ardleen. The house was worth about £3íJO, and the gift was subject to £100 being paid to the heirs of Rd Jones. The Commissioner remarked that the accounts we, e well seL out, bu. there was an item of 1Gs for refreshments for some poor and distressed people in the parish. Who were they ? The Vicar replied that the money was fo. refresh- ments for he vicar, wardens, and representatives of the Parish Council. It was a very o1d custom. The Commissioner said they W!:r8'l1ot 8ntitled to do this, and. the Vicar replied that the custom should be dropped. F;tepen Thomas in 1735 gave a rent-charge of £ 10 to bt; laid out for the clothing and schooling of ch-ldron skilled in the parish. This is regularly paid by Mrs Curling, Brookhmds.— Capt Mytton asked if the income-tax should be deducted.—The Commissioner replied that the custom was for the income-tax to be deducted, and for the trustees to have it refunded from the Treasury.—The Vicar remarked upon the great trouble which he had to go to aud the great amount of correspondence necessary to get this trivial sum back.—Capfc Mytton said that this money was regularly credited to the school funds. Benjamin Thomas left a sum of money and JE5 is now paid by Mr BebiJ of Castle Caereinion, the tnonev employed to pure[1ase shoes for the poorer children who attend school well.—A person present asked if there was any clause that the children, receiving the shoes should be born in wedlock and that, none should bo given to illegiti- mate children.—The Schoolmaster replied that under a former Vicar his instructions were that the shoes should be given to only one child in a family and this child must be legitimate. This w*8 not tip case now, 01' rJ1¡,kr th" last Vicar.- The als3 salL: there was no stipula- tion to that efi-■ ;:t in the deed alld ;1(, was glad the custom had been do,v> away wi:'n.— In answer to a question, ihi- Commissioner said managers of the school were mii ir.led to consider the attendances aud the general behaviour of the. children in the school as elements in deciding whether the children were deserving of the shoe-. liobt Griffith* in 1634 granted a rent charge of .£2 12s issuing our. of a tenement known as Tyn-y- gros Llwyd, £2 10s being for the poor and 2s for the vicar and wardens and overseers for their services. This is paid by Capt Mytton of Garth with another charge of £2 from the same estate. The money is used fox the purchase of bankets, &c, for poor people. It was ascertained that the 2s for the vicar, wardens and overseers was DO longer paid, but Capt Mytton remarked that there was no difficulty in collecting the money. Coining to the consolidated charities it was found that Charles Christopher left £200 and John Davies £110, the interest to be distributed amongst the poor. Miss Elizabeth Lloyd bequeathed to the vicar and wardens £90, the interest to be dis- tributed in hread amongst the poor who were most religious ad most frequently attend divine service. A man named Wynne, of Trelydan, gave JE12, the interest to be given to the poor. These were con- solidated and the amount of £400 invested in the turnpike trust, which formerly produced £226s8ct, of which £2 6s 8d went to Mr Thomas Bowen to clothe children in the Charity School and the re- maining £20 going to the vicar and wardens and distributed to the poor in the form of c1L't,hing. When the trust was done away with the amount was paid back, but the exact amount paid was not known. It is probably represented by the £495 now in the names of Captain Mytton and the Rector of Newtown.-The Oommissioner 8\JgKE\ste!1 that the money should be vested in the official trustees i London, and Captain Mytton said he should l, glad if this w.ere done.—Mr J Jones asked if be time had not come when the charities should be distributed in a better way than by giving sheøts and blankets to people many of whom could afford to buy tlje. He had no objection to the way in which the charities were adrrinistered. There were many cases which he knew where the sheets and blankets had been re-sold. He suggested that the money might go towards providing an additional teacher for the school. The Commissioner replied that if a change was wanted they must get the trustees to petition the Charity Commissioners to have the whole or part diverted and applied to "om" other pnrpo3". The commissioners would not allow the money to bo applied to thp payment of a schoolmaster, fm'it was the duty of tile ratepayers and landowners of the parish to provide a school and an adequate staff.—The Viaar dissented from What Mr Jones had said. His experience led him to believe that the parishioners could not well dispense with the charities. There might be cases where the unde- serving might profit, but thc charities were a real help to many people. — Capt Mytton said the charities were very carefully dispensed. The money had been left for a certain purposee—for the poor—and so long as he lived he should keep for the poor, and not for educating the children in intermediate schools.-—Mr Matthews asked if part could not be applied to pay a nurse to attend to the poor. The Commissioner: Yes; with the consent of the Charity Commissioners. Thomas Rogers, of Burgedwvn, in 1729 left, £32, thp. interest to be used in giving 24 penny loaves of white bread to 24 poor persons on certain days. The record and the charity have been lost. Robert Thomas D Gocl;, of Guilsfield, in 1663 gave 20s yearly, issuing oat of a tenement in Gaor, for the poor at the discretion of the Vicar and Wardens. This charity has alno been 1ost.. Mrs Elizabeth Lloi d in 1716 gave a rent charge of 40s to the sustenauce of the aged and decrepit people in the parish of Guilsfield. This property changed hands, and Major Haywavd bought it without any notice of the rent charge. He knew nothing of any rent charge, but rather than the poor should be without it he b: ught oat the charge for £50, the price being fixed by the Charity Commissioners. It was invested and produced £1 9,. 8d. per year, in marked contrast, to the other charity, which was said to be statute-barred. Other ,chariLies are a rent charge of £ 5 he- queathed by Wm Jones, £3 yearly from Thomas Rogers, (Varchoel), £3 yearly from Thomas Goilings of Garth. Ann Parry in 1776 gave £20 for the poor, but this was lost. A much later charity is that of Letitia Mytton, who in 1835 bequeathed £300 to be used in purchasing blankets for 20 of the poorest women in the parish, who shall be respectable and most regular in their attendance at the house of God. Originally the money was invested in Great Northern Railway at 4 per cent represented now by £400 of stock at 3 per cent. The stock is in the name of Captain Mytton, as executor for his father, who was executor for the testatrix.— Captain Myttou said he did not adhere strictly to the will, which probably meant that the recipients must belong to the Church, but spread the charity over a wider area—The Commissioner said he was right in this as though it was evidently intended for church members if; was not actually so stilted in the will. Mr John Jones mentioned a singular case. For. merly h said a charity of existed on the farm called Pantmawr to provide bread and cheese for the minister and hay for his horse. This was reJeemed by payment, and now benefits Llanfydin. whereas it was a Guilsfield charity.—The Commis- sioner promised to investigate the matter. A vote of thanks to the Commissioner brought the meeting to a close.














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